Chris Sutton: Jesse Marsch is a "goner" at Leeds United after loss v Fulham
Chris Sutton has blasted Leeds United fans for their treatment of Jesse Marsch, but believes the American is a “goner” after recent developments.
The Whites made it six losses in eight games when they fell to defeat to Fulham on Sunday, falling into the relegation zone at the same time for the first time this season.
But speaking on the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 Live [24 October], Sutton felt the fans have created a “toxic” atmosphere but constantly chanting for former manager Marcelo Bielsa but also criticised Marsch for being too positive.
“I think he’s right on the edge, I think he’s a goner I really do and not because he deserves to go,” he said.
“I think there’s numerous things. I don’t necessarily think that he – they’re on a bad run okay – but I don’t think he helps himself in his post-match interviews at times.
“He’s the king of spin and I understand the message which he’s trying to give to his players and not a negative message, but everything is so, so positive and I don’t think that washes with a lot of the Leeds fans.
“They see a different game. Lets get it right, he does spin to a great extent and I sort of understand that. He’s the type of guy who if he was on the Titanic and it was going down he’d be telling you what a great steak he’s having and what a brilliantly built ship it was.
“That’s the sort of guy he is. What really goes against him is the Leeds fans and I don’t get this for one moment, singing Bielsa’s name. I mean Bielsa is gone and he was going to take Leeds down last season.
“Marsch doesn’t get the credit which he deserves for keeping Leeds in the Premier League and they started the season brilliantly. They’re on a bad run, as of late they had a good performance against Arsenal not so long ago and a really strong performance against Crystal Palace in the first-half.
“I just don’t think he’s going to get the opportunity and I’d use Aston Villa as an example. When the fanbase turns in the numbers which it did at Villa, and it looks like it’s getting really toxic at Leeds United at this moment in time, he’s not going to get long. Liverpool next – away – tough fixture and then it’s Bournemouth at home.
“Imagine if Leeds don’t beat Bournemouth at Elland Road, there’s trouble. I don’t think he deserves it and I think the owners have to take their fair share of the blame.
“Radrizzani said at the start of the season they’d had a great summer in the transfer market, he expected to see a finish from 10th or 14th or whatever it was. They’re in trouble and I don’t think this is all on Marsch but I think because of the fanbase they have to forget about Bielsa.
“They’re hitting him with the Bielsa brush and who is that helping? It’s not helping him and it’s not helping the team. A toxic atmosphere – listen they have an unbelievable support Leeds at Elland Road, but when they turn there’s always going to be one conclusion.”
Sutton has got a point, but the fans have got every right to be angry and done with everything that Marsch has been trying to implement at Elland Road.
He did save us from relegation, that much is true, but he needed huge favours from Newcastle to do it, and it’s easily forgotten that he took over the club in 16th and we finished in 17th.
This season he was given a grace period after losing his two best players, but he spent big and has struggled to get a tune out of his team for the vast majority of the season, and we haven’t won a game since August.
It shouldn’t take the fans turning on a manager for the board to see it isn’t working and act, but it is true that singing Bielsa’s name does absolutely nothing for anyone.
Fans have to stop doing that, despite the fact he’s a legend, and move on. However, Marsch still needs to go and the board need to make it happen quickly.
In other Leeds news, Danny Mills shares what it could take for Marsch to be sacked at Elland Road